‘Life Channels,’ FWACN Boss Describes Midwives

first_imgThe president of the Liberia chapter of the Fellow of West African College of Nursing (FWACN) has said that midwives are the channels through which lives enter the world, and as such, they should be given the due recognition and support.Professor Angela Sawyer said midwives have been given what she termed as a “natural obligation” to bring forth lives; they are to act responsibly and promptly in order to save the lives of mothers and unborn children.Madam Sawyer, 67, made these remarks Monday, May 5, when she served as the keynote speaker at the occasion commemorating International Day of the Midwife. The Day was celebrated at the Samuel Kanyan Doe Sports Complex in Paynesville City.Prof. Sawyer, who is a winner of the 2003 Global Council Health Award for better practices, said although midwives the world over have worked tirelessly to reduce global maternal and newborn deaths by half, they are in several instances constrained to work under difficult conditions.The FWACN boss said more challenges such as lack of adequate training, negative attitudes towards patients and low incentives, are still preventing midwives from carrying out their obligation efficiently.She noted that no woman should die while giving life, and no baby should die while coming into this world; and if this happens, it is a shame to a midwife.“Since the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) came into being, global maternal death has been reduced by half. But there still more work to be done. At a 2007 global conference in London, it was disclosed that over ten million mothers die annually while several millions suffer complicated conditions throughout their lives. The number of babies that died doubles this statistics,” she said.Madam Sawyer said that on the local scene, midwives have also made tremendous efforts in reducing maternal and newborn deaths in the country. She said this is evidenced by Liberia’s being one of hte few countries on the verge of achieving MDG 4. She warned, however, against complacency.“Considering all of the turmoil we have been through in this country, we have done a little to reduce maternal mortality from 994 to 700 per year, but the stastics is still high and we need to do more,” she said.Madam Sawyer indicated that recent statistics show that over 60 women died every month while giving birth; 4 per each of the 15 counties.“We want to make a difference. When a family looses its mother, the family goes through social and economic hardships. Let us know that the women are the backbones of the family and the country’s economic. When we lose one, it is also a social and economic lost to the family and the community,” she said.Meanwhile, Madam Sawyer said that there are three pathways through which Liberian midwives can help reduce the menace of maternal and newborn deaths.She named education, regulation and efficiency of the Liberia Midwifery Association. “We need to educate ourselves as midwives to make sure you are properly skilled and competent.“Every midwife should know his or her code of ethics. Some of us are not conscious of our code of ethics and this is demonstrated in most of our health facilities in the country. We also need to be knowledgeable of the laws of our land which tell us the dos and the don’ts,” she said.A message read on behalf of United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Executive Director, Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, and the President of the International Confederation of Midwives, Frances Day-Stirk for the past two decades maternal deaths have drastically reduced.The statement said in the same period, skilled birth attendance has increased by 15 percent, with two out of three deliveries worldwide now attended by a skilled health professional.Midwives around the world celebrate the International Day of the Midwife on May 5 each year. This year celebration was under the theme: The World Needs Midwives Now More Than Ever.The International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) established the idea of the Day of the Midwife following suggestions and discussion among member associations in the 1980s. The initiative was formally launched in 1992.The aim of the day is to celebrate midwifery and bring awareness to the importance of midwives’ works to as many people as possible.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Ebola Attacks Kakata: 4 Die, 11 Infected

first_imgAs of late yesterday afternoon, a registered nurse and three other clinical staff  have died at the C.H. Rennie Hospital in Kakata, Margibi , and 11 others working at the facility are said to be showing symptoms of the Ebola disease, the hospital’s Medical Director has disclosed.Dr. Adolphus Yeiah told the Daily Observer Wednesday that as the result of the ongoing deaths of the nurses and other support staff,his administration is contemplating shutting down the hospital if results of specimens taken from other nurses and sent for testing in Monrovia prove positive.In a brief exclusive interview with this newspaper, Dr. Yeiah added that the decision to close the hospital down “is  intended to be awarning sign to the public and other institutions that the situation could go from bad to worse, as there are other sensitive health-related issues that we are closely monitoring as well.”The situation has left the hospital partially abandoned by the nurses, “because they have been complaining about the lack of personalprotective equipment (PPEs), but to no avail.”According to Dr. Yeiah, one of the Ebola victims, a lab technician, Steven Blamah, contracted the virus along with the other 11 othernurses (not named) from one of their late colleagues, John Quaye. The late Mr. Quaye worked with another public health facility in Kakata, but died recently of  Ebola.”After contracting the virus, the late Quaye concealed the information from his colleagues, and was working alongside them, while secretly treating suspected patients of the virus at the same time at his private clinic and also at his residence.”The late Mr. Quaye’s wife and sister (not named) are also down with the virus and are refusing to show up at the hospital, after doctors had advised them to do so following Quaye’s death.Meanwhile, it is being reported that residents of Kakata City are now gripped with fear as the Ebola virus  spreads its tentacles in thatdensely populated part of the country. The city center and other public areas that usually attract huge numbers of people are becoming virtually empty, according to one of our sources.It is reported that a group of health workers on the Ebola Team is now in Kakata to evacuate the infected victims to Monrovia to bequarantined in a better environment where they would be properly monitored.  That exercise, Dr. Yeiah said, will also help to stop thespread of the virus in the densely populated city of Kakata and its environs.But our Kakata-based source said that the medical facility at the City Clinic, where the first victim contracted the virus has  beenclosed for 34 days. Accordingly, the process of chlorinating all public facilities as well as some ‘sensitive’ private areas in the county are well underway.Observers see the Ebola attack on Kakata as extremely disturbing, given the city’s central location.  Most travelers up country, especially to Bong, Lofa, Nimba, Grand Gedeh and other parts of southeastern Liberia not only pass through Kakata, but also stop there for refueling, rest, food and shopping.Kakata lies in the heart of Liberia’s rubber belt.  It is adjacent to three major concession areas, Firestone, Salala Rubber Corporation situated in Weala near Salala, Bong County, and China Union, the mining concession operating the former Bong Mines in the densely populated Fauma Chiefdom.  Closer to Kakata is the country’s largest privately owned rubber plantation, Morris American Rubber, formerly known as Morris Farm.There are also many major educational institutions in Kakata, the biggest being the Booker Washington Institute (BWI), the Lango Lippaye High School, St. Augustine High School and the Cuttington Community College, which also trains nurses.In a related development, the  Christian church, Full Gospel Ministry, has declared a five-day Fast and Prayer in Kakata to appeal for God’s divine intervention to heal the land. “We have gathered at the Philadelphia Church on Kakata’s main street to pray for God’s intervention in our situation,” a member of the church has said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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1 shot, 2 arrested after pointing gun at security

first_imgTwenty-one-year-old Shane Allison, a miner of Pouderoyen, West Bank Demerara, was shot after he reportedly pointed an unlicensed firearm at an armed guard attached to a private security firm in the vicinity of Bourda Market on Sunday morning.Two other men who were with the gunman were arrested and were currently assisting with the investigation.Preliminary investigations by the Police revealed that about 02:10h on Sunday, the 23-year-old security officer who was stationed at the Bourda Market observed the men standing on Bourda Street between Robb Street and North Road acting in a suspicious manner.Realising something was amiss, the guard approached the men, but as he got closer, the miner allegedly whipped out a handgun and pointed same at the guard, who, without hesitation, discharged several rounds from his service weapon – one of which struck the now injured man.The miner collapsed a short distance away. The Police were called in and upon searching the area, recovered an unlicensed .32 pistol with six live matching rounds.The other suspects are a 34-year-old man of Nelson Street, Mocha, East Bank Demerara and a 23-year-old of Pike Street, Kitty.The security guard was taken into custody and was now assisting with the investigation.last_img read more

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Arts council making decisions for 2017 celebrations

first_img2017 will be a big year for Fort St. John. Not only because it will be Canada’s 150th birthday, but it also is the year many other landmarks celebrate big milestones.That year will mark the anniversaries of:North Peace Community Centre (25th)Stage North (40th)Arts Council (50th)Lido Theatre (60th)Alaska Highway Construction (75th)Canada’s Confederation (150th)Arts Council Board Member Sue Popesku says they’re starting planning now, as the celebrations are going to be big.- Advertisement -At least 5 plans have already been decided, but other ones are going to be discussed tonight.Robin Holstein, of the Alaska Highway Journal and website, will also be a guest speaker tonight.If you’re interesting in the conversation, head down to 10320 94 Avenue at 7 PM tonight!Advertisementlast_img read more

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Wenger: Arsenal must focus on not conceding rather than scoring against Barca

first_img Arsene Wenger 1 Arsene Wenger will look to ensure Arsenal do not concede an away goal when they host Barcelona in the Champions League – saying he would settle for a second stalemate in a matter of days.The Gunners boss has always been an advocate of attacking football but that philosophy has seen his side endure a torrid run in the knockout stages of the competition as they have not got past the round of 16 for the past five years.During that time Arsenal have made life hard for themselves by losing the first legs to AC Milan, twice to Bayern Munich and then to Monaco last year.In facing holders Barcelona, Wenger knows his team are coming up against the strongest attacking team in world football – with the attacking trio of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar having scored 91 goals between them so far this season.Arsenal go into the tie on the back of a goalless FA Cup fifth-round draw at home to Sky Bet Championship club Hull.While that result left fans trudging out of the Emirates Stadium at the weekend, Wenger would embrace another 0-0 draw on Tuesday night.“I think we will score tomorrow so I am not too much concerned,” he said.“But it’s true that recently our goals have dried up a bit and that we have to find a way to get that going again.“I am more concerned tomorrow about stopping them from scoring because you can say even at home in the Champions League that 0-0 is not a bad score.“Recently we always made it difficult for ourselves by conceding goals at home and basically the rules of the modern European Cup encourage you to defend at home and attack away because of the importance of the away goal.“Many times I said that should be suppressed because if you concede a goal at home in the Champions League it is a knife in your heart every time. Against big, big teams it becomes very difficult.”While Arsenal have failed to score in four of their last seven games, Barcelona have drawn a blank just three times all season across all competitions and have knocked the Gunners out of the Champions League twice in the last six years.But Wenger says he cannot simply send his team out to play for a draw and believes a win can still be achieved even if they are ultimately outplayed.Asked if he was planning to select a more defensive line-up, the Frenchman replied: “It’s a bit against my nature. I cannot go into a game and think I will just play for a 0-0.“I believe you cannot say you are a big club and you just want to defend. On the other hand, Barcelona are a very offensive team. So to give you no chance at all to score against them is guilty as well.“You have to try to score against them because if they have a vulnerability like we have it is defensively like with any offensive team.“It is quite funny because the one year we beat them, they played us off the park but we still won the game. That can happen.“We played Hull and it was 0-0, we can go to Sheffield Wednesday (in the Capital One Cup) and lose 3-0. So why can’t it be possible the other way around?”last_img read more

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‘Who knows tomorrow’ – Neymar leaves door open for sensational Man United move

first_img Neymar in action for Barcelona 1 Neymar has raised doubts about his Barcelona future – putting Manchester United on red alert.The Brazilian superstar signed a new five-year contract with Barca in October, with a release clause of 200m euros (£178m).But Neymar has continued to be linked with United, who have the money to launch a world-record move for the 25-year-old.Earlier this year Jose Mourinho said it would be ‘impossible’ for his side to lure the forward away from Barca, with the United boss insisting the Spanish giants would not entertain any offers.But recent reports in Spain have suggested Neymar could now be made available for transfer and, speaking in his homeland this week, the Nou Camp ace refused to guarantee he will still be at the club next season.“Who knows tomorrow,” he said, when asked about his future.“I am now very happy, very well adapted. But everything can happen – who knows?”last_img read more

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SAD FAREWELL TO DONEGAL MURDER VICTIM WILLIE

first_imgMANY members of the stunned Glasgow community where Co Donegal man Willie McKeeney were among hundreds of mourners who said a sad farewell today to the much-loved lorry driverMr McKeeney was battered to death by two youths as he walked home from a night out in the Scottish city on January 15.Police released his remains to his family this week. St Mary’s Church, Lagg, Malin was packed to capacity for Requiem Mass today where they heard Father Brendan Crowley describe his death as a “terrible tragedy” which had robbed his family and friends of a superb man.The well-known truck-driver was killed just yards from his home in Glasgow.Asif Rehman, 20 and Adil Ishaq, 19, who are both from Glasgow, were remanded in custody at Glasgow Sheriff Court charged with his death.Mr McKeeney, 57, died in Melville Street, in the Pollokshields area of Glasgow, as he walked back from a night out. His partner Ann Marie is believed to have witnessed the gruesome incident.Mr McKeeney was well-known and loved in the area of Glasgow to where he moved five years ago.Police said he was known for acts of kindness to neighbours, many of whom have travelled to Donegal for the funeral today. SAD FAREWELL TO DONEGAL MURDER VICTIM WILLIE was last modified: February 4th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Iowa Native Karissa Schweizer Returns To The Blue Oval With a Drake Relays Record In Her Sights

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – Karissa Schweizer, a senior on the University of Missouri track & field team, is returning to the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee with hopes of etching her name into the Drake Relays record book. Schweizer has won five total NCAA Championships at Missouri including indoor titles in the 3,000 and 5,000 meters this season. The budding star competed in the elite invitational section of the 1,500 meters at the 2017 Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee and finished eighth in a race that featured 11 professional runners and six Olympians. “The Drake Relays holds a special place in my heart and it means the world for me to be able to come back to race in my hometown,” Schweizer said. “If I were able to set a record at this year’s Relays, it would be the cherry on top to a long career of running on the Blue Oval!” The Urbandale, Iowa, native and Dowling Catholic graduate will compete in the University/College Division 5,000 meters Thursday, April 26, at 7:53 p.m. The current record of 15:31.18 was set by Cathy Branta-Easker of Wisconsin in 1985, 11 years before Schweizer was born.  Schweizer owns a personal best of 15:18.69 in the event, set last summer at the USA Track & Field Championship.center_img “For generations, the Drake Relays has helped cultivate and provide a showcase for the best talent in the state of Iowa,” said Blake Boldon, the Franklin P. Johnson Director of the Drake Relays. “Karissa is one of those talented athletes that our fans have watched grow up before their eyes on the Blue Oval. She’s made history at Missouri and we’re honored that her final race as a collegian at Drake Stadium has the potential to be a record-setting performance. Fans that have supported Karissa and anyone who enjoys watching Iowans make history won’t want to miss Thursday night at the Drake Relays.” All-session, multi-session and single-session tickets are currently on sale via the Drake Athletic Ticket Office and DrakeTix.com. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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MAN ESCAPES INJURY AFTER HOUSEFIRE IN LETTERKENNY

first_imgA man escaped injury after a housefire broke out in Drumahoagh, Letterkenny on Saturday afternoon.The fire broke out around 2.30pm and two tenders from the local fire service attended.When the emergency services arrived on scene, the owner was outside the dwelling. The fire had spread to the roof of the single-storey building.The fire service brought the fire under control and nobody was injured.A spokesman for the fire service said the cause of the fire has still not been established.   MAN ESCAPES INJURY AFTER HOUSEFIRE IN LETTERKENNY was last modified: June 30th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalfireFire servicesletterkennylast_img read more

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Warriors mailbag: What to make of Warriors’ loss to Toronto

first_imgDETROIT — The Warriors’ 131-128 overtime loss to the Toronto Raptors on Thursday did not serve as an NBA Finals preview. Instead, it highlighted a few realities.The Warriors (15-8) will become significantly better once Stephen Curry returns for Saturday’s game against the Detroit Pistons (11-7) after missing the past 11 games with a strained left groin. Ditto for whenever Draymond Green (right toe), DeMarcus Cousins (left Achilles) and Alfonzo McKinnie (left ankle) return. Kevin Durant is an …last_img read more

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